Get to Know Condoleezza Rice

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Tough Times

Growing up in segregated Birmingham in a middle-class Black family, Rice experienced firsthand the ugly effects of racism, but overcame those challenges though faith, family and educational opportunities. "Knowing what we know about the difficulties of our own history, knowing the history of Alabama and Mississippi and Tennessee, we should be humble in singing freedom's praise, but our voice should never waiver in speaking out on the side of those who seek freedom," Rice said in a commencement address delivered at Vanderbilt University in 2004. 

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